The Aethiop

: Aesop's Fables

THE PURCHASER of a black servant was persuaded that the color of

his skin arose from dirt contracted through the neglect of his

former masters. On bringing him home he resorted to every means

of cleaning, and subjected the man to incessant scrubbings. The

servant caught a severe cold, but he never changed his color or


What's bred in the bone will stick to the flesh.